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There are currently more than 160 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee.

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Facts on the Tennessee Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 160 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee, employing 3,798 people2.
  • In 2015, Tennessee installed 11 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 28th nationally3.
  • In 2015, $25 million was invested on solar installations in Tennessee.
  • The 132 MW of solar energy currently installed in Tennessee ranks the state 20th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 12,000 homes.
  • Over the next five years, Tennessee is expected to install 393 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 24th over that time span. This amount is more than 4 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
  • Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.

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Notable Installations in Tennessee 

  • VW Solar Project in Chattanooga was completed in 2013 by developer Phoenix Solar. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 8 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 700 Tennessee homes4
  • At 4 MW, West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County is among the largest solar installations in Tennessee.  Completed in 2012 by Signal Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 400 homes5.

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Solar Companies in Tennessee  

There are currently more than 160 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 39 manufacturers, 19 manufacturing facilities, 68 contractor/installers, 10 project developers, 14 distributors and 29 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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How much do solar panels cost in Tennessee?

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Tennessee.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Tennessee.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Tennessee offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

Tennessee State Solar Policy Resources

Tennessee Regulatory Athority (TRA) – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Tennessee public utilities

Tennessee General Assembly – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Tennessee

DSIRE Incentives Database - Tennessee – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Tennessee and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Tennessee State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government


2The Solar Foundation, 2015 National and State Solar Jobs Census,
3This and all other data in this section from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight